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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to complete hat-trick of centuries in ODIs

Virat Kohli achieved the feat as he strolled to his 39th century during the third ODI encounter between India and West Indies in Pune on Saturday.

cricket Updated: Oct 28, 2018 08:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli raises his bat after scoring his century against West Indies.(PTI)

India skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became the first Indian cricketer to score three consecutive centuries in ODI cricket. Kohli achieved the feat as he strolled to his 38th century during the third ODI encounter between India and West Indies in Pune on Saturday.

100s in most consecutive innings in a country:

5 Babar Azam in UAE, 2016-17

4 AB de Villiers in Ind, 2010-11

4 V KOHLI in Ind, 2017-18

3 Zaheer Abbas in Pak, 1982-83

3 Saeed Anwar in UAE, 1993

3 Q de Kock in SA, 2013

3 K Sangakkara in Aus, 2015

This was the fourth consecutive century for Kohli on Indian soil and it was also the fourth consecutive century against West Indies for the Indian skipper.

VIRAT KOHLI last four innings in India:

113(106) v NZ, Kanpur

140(107) v WI, Gauhati

157(129)*v WI, Vizag

100(110)*v WI, Pune

Kohli looked extremely comfortable against the West Indies bowlers and he was able to bring up his century in 110 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. He came to bat after India lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma quite early but he was able to steady the innings along with Shikhar Dhawan.

READ:  Virat Kohli joins Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara in elite list

Earlier in the series, Virat Kohli reached the 10,000-run mark in the 50-over format in style with 157 not out from 129 balls in the second match in Visakhapatnam. He also scored 140 in India’s series-opening eight-wicket victory.

The 29-year-old surpassed fellow Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who first crossed the 10,000-run mark in 259 innings in 2001.

Kohli, playing his 213th ODI, went on to score 157 off 129 deliveries to register his 37th ODI century since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2008.

First Published: Oct 27, 2018 20:49 IST